Happy release day to Jay Som's dazzling sophomore album, Anak Ko, out worldwide now
Happy release day to Jay Som's dazzling sophomore album, Anak Ko, out worldwide now
Posted 08/23/2019

Jay Som releases her highly anticipated sophomore album Anak Ko today. The follow-up to Melina Duterte's breakout debut album Everybody Works, which received countless year-end list accolades in 2017, Anak Ko is already critically acclaimed itself, with early praise from Stereogum, Bandcamp, NME, Under The Radar, Wall Street Journal, and more.

Pronounced Ah-nuhk Koh, and meaning “my child” in Tagalog, one of the native dialects in the Philippines, this album was completed during a week-long solo retreat to Joshua Tree. While much has changed both sonically and personally for Jay Som, now 25 years-old, in the two whirlwind years since her debut, Duterte still recorded, produced, engineered and mixed this album herself at home. However, for the first time, she invited some friends — including Vagabon’s Laetitia Tamko, Chastity Belt’s Annie Truscott, Justus Proffit, Boy Scouts’ Taylor Vick, as well as bandmates Zachary Elasser, Oliver Pinnell and Dylan Allard—to collaborate on additional vocals, drums, guitars, strings, and pedal steel.
In November of 2017, seeking a new environment, Duterte left her home of the Bay Area for Los Angeles. There, she began collaborating with other artists on her own projects, as well as producing, engineering and mixing for the likes of Sasami and Chastity Belt. In her new hometown, she found a community of likeminded artists, she fell in love, and—coming full circle after drunkenly releasing her earliest collection of demoes, Turn Into, on Thanksgiving in 2015—she quit drinking for good. “I feel like a completely different person,” she reflects. All of this change has resulted in an incredibly elevated, genre-bending new album from Duterte, but one that is still exquisitely and unmistakably a Jay Som record.

Order your copy of Anak Ko from the Polyvinyl Store now on 180-Gram Red w/ Orange and Pink Splatter. Don't forget to check out their dreamy merch spread, featuring a crew-neck, t-shirt, socks, hat, and a brutally honest tote.

Jay Som will take Anak Ko on the road this Fall throughout North America and Europe, starting on the West Coast next month. All dates onsale now:

  • 09/11 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge #$
  • 09/12 - San Diego, CA @ The Irenic #$
  • 09/13 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex #$
  • 09/14 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore #$
  • 09/15 - Guerneville, CA @ Old Grove Festival
  • 09/17 - Vancouver, BC @ Imperial #$
  • 09/18 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos #$
  • 09/19 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge #$
  • 09/20 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux #$
  • 09/21 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge #$
  • 09/24 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge #$
  • 09/26 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada #$
  • 09/27 - Austin, TX @ Barracuda #$
  • 09/28 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs) #$
  • 10/15 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada %#
  • 10/16 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry %#
  • 10/17 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon %#
  • 10/18 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall %#
  • 10/19 - Columbus, OH @ The Basement %#
  • 10/21 - Detroit, MI @ El Club %#
  • 10/22 - Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground %#
  • 10/23 - Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB %#
  • 10/25 - Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere %#
  • 10/26 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair %#
  • 10/27 - Burlington, VT @ ArtsRiot %#
  • 10/29 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry %#
  • 10/30 - Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel %#
  • 10/31 - Raleigh, NC @ Kings %#
  • 11/01 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Purgatory Stage) %#
  • 11/02 - Nashville, TN @ The High Watt %#
  • 11/07 - Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow (Sky Bar)
  • 11/09 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Bar Brooklyn
  • 11/10 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Ideal Bar
  • 11/12 - Berlin, Germany @ Kantine am Berghain
  • 11/15 - Paris, France @ Supersonic
  • 11/16 - Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique (Witloof Bar)
  • 11/17 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Bitterzoet
  • 11/19 - Brighton, UK @ Patterns
  • 11/20 - London, UK @ The Garage
  • 11/21 - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
  • 11/22 - Bristol, UK @ Exchange
  • 11/24 - Manchester, UK @ YES (Pink Room)
  • 11/25 - Nottingham, UK @ The Bodega Social Club
  • 11/26 - Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
  • 11/27 - Dublin, Ireland @ The Workmans Club
# w/ Boy Scouts, $ w/ Affectionately, % w/ Gia Margaret